Just a bystander

Last night I sort of fell asleep in a bit of a stupor. I mean, I don’t remember falling asleep. In fact, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. is a bit of a blur. Anyway, one big thing I do recall is waking up at about 1 a.m. or so. I woke up to hear screaming of some sort coming from what must have been the hallway. The screams were female and sort of short yelps. From what I could hear there was a little bit of commotion to get her to shut up. I was too sleep-drunk to get up and peer through the peephole in my door, but eventually the noise stopped. So there I was lying in bed wondering what the hell just happened. Did I dream that? Was that for real? If it was, did I blithely ignore someone in need? Somewhere down the hallway there’s a unit that seems to have some college-age people. Maybe they were just drunk and being stupid. It’s all hard to tell. Would I have acted any differently if it was obvious that something bad was going on? And what of my neighbours? Surely they heard some of what was going on as well. Would we all be guilty of bystander effect?

Way too many questions. I’m not going to let it all bother me, I guess. I’ll chalk it up to drunken stupidity on their part. And hell, how dare they disturb everyone on the floor.

*shakes fist*

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  1. Hui says:

    LOL @ you mentioning the bystander effect. Putting (not so) random social psychology concepts to use make me smile :)

    1. Jay says:

      I was about to mention Kitty Genovese but figured that might be slightly obscure.

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